The earliest known production of salt-glazed stoneware was around 1402. Westerwald uses clay that is impermeable, which makes it adept for holding liquids. The clay is also typically gray or buff in color and maintains that shade through firing. In order to shape the clay, it was wheel thrown, and then templates were used to get it into the desired vessel form.Once this was completed, the piece would then be fired at approximately 1200 degrees Celsius. What makes this particular ceramic unique is the salt-glaze.
Towards the end of firing, salt is thrown into the kiln with the clay and vaporizes from the heat, creating a clear, glossy surface with a texture similar to an orange-peel Another typical addition during firing is the chemical compound cobalt, since it can withstand the high temperatures required and add a blue hue to the ceramic. Please see photos for visual description and for proof of current condition. Any condition statement given is a personal opinion. I research every item and describe items to the best of my ability. I encourage potential buyers to also research my items, especially if they feel there is any question of accuracy in my listing.
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